A Multi-Sector Approach to Improving Child Mental Health: The DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care
October 31, 2017
9 am PT / 10 am MT / 11 am CT / 12 Noon ET
One Hour Duration
Member Price: Free
Dr. Lee Beers
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director for Municipal and Regional Affairs
Children’s National’s Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health and Child Health Advocacy Institute
Mental health is a significant health need identified in many of our hospital service areas. In this country, approximately 13% of youth live with a serious mental illness, but only about 20% of those with mental illness get the help they need. While primary care providers are often positioned to assess a child’s behavioral problems early on, many feel ill-equipped to make the right referrals, prescribe medications, or manage a chronic condition. To give pediatricians the resources they need, Children’s National worked with other area intuitions to establish the DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care.
This webinar will describe local efforts by a Washington, DC children’s hospital to integrate mental health services into pediatric primary care. Children’s National serves as the administrative home for this comprehensive, city-wide effort. Headed by Dr. Lee Beers, it works to support and/or implement initiatives focused on:
- Supporting primary care practices and clinicians
- Supporting families
- Integrating mental health services into primary care
- Engaging in related policy and advocacy efforts
Dr. Beers will describe several key initiatives of the DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care and discuss how taking a health network approach to this complex issue improves outcomes and provides community benefit.
Lee Ann Savio Beers, MD, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director for Municipal and Regional Affairs within Children’s National’s Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health and Child Health Advocacy Institute. She is also the Director of the DC Mental Health Access in Pediatrics (DC MAP) program and Co-Director of the Early Childhood Innovation Network. She oversees the DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care, a public-private coalition that serves as a catalyst to elevate the standard of mental health care for every young person in the city by increasing primary care provider capacity and achieving systemic policy change.
She earned her Medical Degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth VA. Prior to joining Children’s National, she was a general pediatrician at the Naval Hospital in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
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